The New Deal: History, Economics and Law

EH806 — with Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Cost: $49   Length: 7 weeks
Format: Independent Study
Status: Open for enrollment

This online course taught by historian Thomas Woods examines the critical period of American history from the stock market crash of 1929 to the end of World War II, focusing on domestic affairs. Topics include: the 1920s boom and bust, the Hoover record in light of recent scholarship, the New Deal programs and agencies, the evolution of the Supreme Court, international parallels, political and intellectual opposition to FDR, and the economic consequences of World War II. Readings include primary documents, works by contemporaries, and recent scholarship and commentary.

Dr. Woods discusses this course in his article, The Lessons of History.

Lecture Topics:

  • The 1920s boom and bust
  • The Hoover record
  • The New Deal programs and agencies
  • The evolution of the Supreme Court
  • International parallels
  • Political and intellectual opposition to FDR
  • Economic consequences of World War II


Readings include primary documents, works by contemporaries, and recent scholarship and commentary. All readings for this course are free, available online, and provided to students in a fully-hyperlinked syllabus.

Independent Study

Independent study courses are courses that were presented live in the past. These courses are now offered at a discount to anyone who wants to study independently. All courses include lecture recordings, slides, a complete hyper-linked syllabus, automatically-graded quizzes, and a discussion forum. Professors are not available for academic support for these independent study courses.

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Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

A senior fellow in history at the Mises Institute, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Woods is the New York Times bestselling author of ten books, and his writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals.

Several of Woods’ books are available for purchase at the Mises Store.

See Woods’ website for more information about his work and writing.

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